I’ve had some absolute luck with this particular set. If you saw my Twitter post recently, you’ll know that I managed to snag both a Mario Lemieux and Dale Hawerchuk autographed hockey card. I was blown away that I had such luck to get a card so coveted by many collectors.
I won’t get into the details of the set itself but this box set was only offered exclusively at Canadian Tire stores in Canada. The cards itself are nice, like many of the other sets that Upper Deck tend to put out on the market.
This hockey set has a great checklist of Canadian hockey players as well as some notable players from other countries that have competed against the Canadians. It’s a little unfortunate that this type of set isn’t offered in other countries such as USA, Sweden or Russia which would really create a strong community and perhaps more conversation between collectors from different countries to trade full boxes which is sold only in a particular country. Having gone through two boxes, I didn’t come close to completing a full set list. Luckily I’m not too interested in getting all the cards.
As with most of the Upper Deck cards that I have reviewed this product offers no difference with the ability to sign the card without a lot of prep work. See the example below:
There is a lot of sign space given to people who want autographs on these products. The white & red jerseys make it easy to see a blue or black sharpie. There are a few variations of the base cards, such as the vs set checklist (see Artemi Panarin card) which I feel will look really good with a blue pen to the cardboard. I’ll be sure to send this to Artemi when I have a chance to write a letter to him!
Overall, I like the product and if I had more cash, I’d definitely buy more! I know the chance for having a Mario Lemieux type hit is almost 1:10,000 so I have to curb my current enthusiasm for having another big hit like that one.
Below are a few of the cards that I opened up.